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Scientists offer sweet solution to marathon fatigue

Our health researchers have tested the effect of different energy drinks in staving off tiredness.

How can we embed climate change across Uni of Bath curriculum?

In advance of the Paris Climate Summit our academics and students convened this week to discuss how climate change could be embedded across the curriculum.

Macri wins in Argentina but return to neoliberalism unlikely

Juan Pablo Ferrero (POLIS) writes on the recent Presidential election in Argentina.

Spending Review 2015: two of our experts respond

Professor Roger King (School of Management) and Dr Susan Harkness (SPS) have given their reaction to yesterday’s Spending Review – featured online by The Conversation

Hard science + stand-up = pure laughter

Fri 4 Dec: Come & see a lineup that will never be repeated, performing in ways you’ve never seen before

Host an international student this Christmas!

Students from around the UK would love to have a short homely break and discover the real life of this country.

It’s hard for Corbyn to find a friend in parliament

Professor Charlie Lees (POLIS) writes for the Conversation about the performance of Jeremy Corbyn in view of the Paris attacks.

Enabling the power of science

Professor Jonathan Dawes blogs for The Royal Society: "If science has a key role in shaping our response to the pressing global questions of the 21st century, then how should we attempt to coordinate it?"

PhD student's work highlighted in Nature Review Genetics

The research by Milner Centre PhD student XianMing Wu and Professor Laurence Hurst, concerns locations of disease-causing mutations in genes and the results have implications for the diagnosis of genetic diseases.

Could downing of Russian jet over Turkey lead to a wider war?

Professor David Galbreath’s (POLIS) has written an article for The Conversation.

SETsquared top uni business incubator

The enterprise partnership has been ranked as the top university business incubator in the world

Subprime 2: the return of the killer mortgage

As article by Bruce Morley has been published on The Conversation.

Britain boosts military spending – what will it be buying?

Dr Simon Smith and Professor David Galbreath (PoLIS) have written an article for The Conversation on what this year’s £12 billion increase in the UK defence budget will be spent on.

Public lecture: mission into distant space

Come on a journey through space to understand the most distant stars & galaxies: Thu 26 Nov

Bath tops Europe in QS ‘50 under 50’

The University of Bath has jumped five places to a record high of 7th in this year’s QS ‘50 under 50’ rankings of the world’s best universities under 50 years of age.

IUMRS-ICAM 2015: Culture, climbing and conferences

PhD student Suzy Wallace presented her research on the potential earth abundant and non-toxic solar cell absorber material CZTS, on Jeju Island in South Korea.

University carol service at Bath Abbey: Wed 2 Dec

The service will take place at 7.30pm at Bath Abbey, led by the Chaplaincy Team and featuring the University Chamber Choir.

Researcher to swap lab bench for back bench

Dr Davide Mattia from the Department of Chemical Engineering is shadowing in Parliament this week

University of Bath researcher to swap lab bench for back bench as part of significant pairing scheme

Dr Davide Mattia from the University of Bath’s Department of Chemical Engineering will be swapping a lab coat for legislation when he visits Dr James Davey in the Department for Energy and Climate Change at the House of Commons for a week in Westminster.

Pain research & Ignite Your Mind on BBC Radio Somerset

Ignite Your Mind organiser Rhiannon Edwards talks to BBC Radio Somerset about her PhD within the Centre for Pain Research at the University and also the Public Engagement initiative being hosted in a local Bath pub.

Major ESRC investment for HSS

Researchers in psychology & education have been recognised as Future Research Leaders by ESRC

Major ESRC investment for humanities and social science researchers

Two early career researchers in Education and Psychology have been recognised as Future Research Leaders by the ESRC in a highly competitive process.

Computer Science Society hosts 24-hour hackathon

Around 80 students from universities across the UK took part as part of the Major League Hacking Europe Fall Season.

I-SEE: An affordable, secure & sustainable UK energy system

I-SEE seminar with Andrew Haslett, Chief Engineer, Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) on Tuesday 24 November

Five new funded PhD programmes

Students interested in studying a PhD in Electronic Engineering with us have received a significant boost

Academic advises on ethics for regulators

Professor Ania Zalewska has taken part in an expert roundtable discussion on the ethical standards of regulators, organised by the Committee on Standards in Public Life (CSPL).

Engineering a bright future for PhD research at Bath

Students interested in studying a PhD in Electronic Engineering at the University of Bath have received a significant boost following the announcement of five new funded PhD programmes.

Hungarian Ambassador visits campus

Following his day with us, His Excellency Péter Szabadhegy said: "I am very, very impressed!"

Does alcohol really make you better in bed?

Dr Sally Adams, lecturer in health psychology, explores the evidence in an article in The Guardian.

Autism research collaboration between Bath, Spain & Turkey

Dr Mark Brosnan (Psychology) represented the UK in a European ERASMUS+ project to develop a unique technology to support people with autism and their families.

IMI public lecture: Big bangs & black holes: Fri 27 Nov

This free public lecture by Carole Mundell, Professsor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics, is to open to everyone, but please register your attendance.

I-SEE/IET seminar - Securing the UK’s energy future: 23 Nov

A special joint I-SEE / IET seminar by Professor John Loughhead FREng FIET FCGI - Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Film: Around the World in 50 concerts: Mon 7 Dec

This remarkable film follows the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam on a world tour to celebrate its 125th anniversary. This film is part of Bath Film Festivals and tickets can be purchased through their website.

Declaring war will not rid Europe of terror

An article by Aurelien Mondon, Lecturer in French and Comparative Politics, in The Conversation concludes that creating a more democratic, inclusive and egalitarian environment, although not easy in the current political climate, is the only way to keep us safe and free in the long term.

The predictable consumer no longer exists - The Guardian

An article in The Guardian by Yiannis Gabriel, Chair in Organisation Studies, in our School of Management, that claims companies and governments have got us all wrong – it’s impossible to predict what we want and care about.

Dr John Troyer on memorialisation in the wake of Paris

Dr John Troyer (Centre for Death & Society) talks to BBC Wiltshire about memorialisation and how it is used to come to term with grief in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Can early education help intergenerational mobility? 26 Nov

Professor Greg Duncan, IPR US Alumni Policy Fellow, will give a free IPR public lecture on 26 November.

Engineering Excellence award

We have won the Engineering Excellence Award for a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Fianium

How technology can create conflict: evidence to Parliament

David Galbreath, Professor International Security within the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, will today give evidence to the House of Commons All Parliamentary Group on ‘Global Uncertainties’.

New study to tackle episodes of loneliness

A new study led by researchers in psychology will focus on how increasing numbers of people are affected by episodes of loneliness.

Membership of RS Diversity Committee

Professor Saiful Islam has been invited to join the new Diversity Committee of the Royal Society

Academics comment: What now for France following Paris attacks?

Dr Aurelien Mondon, Lecturer in French and Comparative Politics (PoLIS) and Professor Bill Durodié, Chair of International Relations at the University and Head of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies write about the Paris attacks.

Helping to put physics on the BBC

Jim Stone has reconstructed Herschel’s experiment for BBC 4 series “Colour: The spectrum of science”

New agreement with Universidad Chileno-Británica de Cultura

A delegation from UCBC, one of our South American partners, came to Bath to sign a new student exchange agreement and discuss ways to expand links between our two institutions.

New-look regulation on cards for higher education

Professor Roger King (School of Management) writes for The Conversation.

International Masters scholars reception at Roman Baths

With the new term well under way, it was time once again for the annual reception for scholarship recipients at the Roman Baths on Wednesday 28 October.

Mech Eng technical services win award for training apprentices

Julian Sulley, Director of Technical Services, shares his experience of training apprentices and attending the Bath College Celebrating Success Awards.

Colour-changing burns dressing will help fight against antibiotic resistance

A research team led by Dr Toby Jenkins (Chemistry) has been awarded almost £1 million to help test the effectiveness of their revolutionary burns dressing.

£14/hr min wage required for three-child families by 2020

Professor Paul Gregg (Social & Policy Sciences) has featured in an article in The Guardian about the Government’s proposed cuts to Tax Credits.

Charlie Lees to give evidence to Lords Select Committee

Professor Charles Lees (PoLIS) will act as an expert witness for a parliamentary committee to examine the international perspective of the devolution of the United Kingdom.

Harnessing world-leading research for world class sports performances

We've just announced a major sports performance conference to be hosted at the University in January 2016.

Climate change & the university curriculum: Wed 25 Nov

Following on from the Global Climate change Week initiative, lecturers and students from across the university discuss how the multi-disciplinary understanding that climate change requires could be embedded within the University curriculum.

Collaboration with University of Calgary

Sean Williams hosted Professor Carolyn Emery from the University of Calgary, Canada, as part of the Global Mobility Scheme.

Expand (and ignite) your mind over a pint in the pub

Our PhD student will be propping up the bar at the Ring O'Bells next Monday discussing their research with punters!

Lecture by top Korean professor from Yonsei University: 16 Nov

Assessing Northeast Asia’s absence of war and prospects for liberal transition by Dr Jong Kun Choi, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at Yonsei University.

Student wins Biomedical Society studentship prize

Yoana Petrova, a fourth year Pharmacy student, has been awarded the 2015 Biochemical Society Eisenthal Prize for the best summer studentship.

Research engagement at festivals

Tips & advice on getting involved in festivals: Public Engagement Conversation on Wed 25 Nov

The power of TV ads: Dr Robert Heath on 5 Live [2:44:29]

Dr Robert Heath (School of Management) has been interviewed on BBC Radio 5Live about the effect advertising has, including the new John Lewis Christmas advert.

Watch global up-&-coming tennis stars for free: this week

Obituary: Professor Emeritus W John Thomas

The University is saddened to learn of the recent death of Professor W John Thomas, the University’s first ever Professor of Chemical Engineering.

Screening of groundbreaking film Strange Fish: Thu 3 Dec

ICIA presents a screening of DV8’s award-winning 1992 film Strange Fish, which looks at our quest for someone to love and something, or someone, to believe in.

A shift in environmental thinking

An EU-consortium meeting in Bath has taken our GLAMURS environmental project to next level

Yonsei partnership professor visits PoLIS

Recently the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies has hosted a visit from Hans Schattle, Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, with help from Global Mobility Scheme Funding.

Islamist food aid won't radicalise earthquake survivors

Ayesha Siddiqi, researcher in the Centre for Development Studies (Social & Policy Sciences), has written an article for The Guardian analysing whether Islamist groups in Pakistan are providing aid after natural disasters to help recruit young people to their cause.

CSCT blog: Cobalt research, kremlins & vodka in Kazan

At the end of August 2015, Tamsin Bell, from the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies, attended the 7th European congress on catalysis, Europacat in Kazan, Russia.

I-SEE - Why coal-exporting Australia wants Paris to fail: Tue

I-SEE seminar with Dr Richard Denniss, The Australia Institute Chief Economist: 'Why Australia wants Paris to fail - a coal exporting country's perspective on plans to cut global emissions'

Locusts interact with several neighbours to swarm together

A new study published today from our mathematicians shines new light on how locusts swarm and interact.

Unis are central to the world of policy (Nick Pearce in THE)

Nick Pearce, our new Director of the Institute for Policy Research, shares his thoughts in Times Higher Education

Bath presence on Chinese social media

Sina Weibo is the first non-English social media site where we have established an official account

Will the world end because of a White Dwarf?

Professor Carole Mundell (Head of Astrophysics) talks to BBC Radio Somerset about how the world will end.

Bath leads €5m consortium for aircraft safety & fuel efficiency

The University of Bath is leading a newly funded €5 million European Commission project, entitled EXTREME, to meet the challenges of environmental performance and improved safety for the aeronautical industry.

Wanted: unusual or inspiring graduation stories

Have you, or a student you know, got an unusual, inspiring or heart-warming story to tell at graduation? Have you had to overcome challenges to graduate this summer?

New drug candidate developed against NF1 cancers tumours

Bath researchers, led by Professor Barry Potter, have worked with colleagues from the University of Michigan to design a promising new anticancer drug candidate.

Watch a recording of Bill Durodié's inaugural lecture

On 29 October 2015, Professor Bill Durodié delivered his inaugural lecture entitled: The politics of risk and resilience: Fear and terror in a world without meaning.

Sharing food increases social networking in crows

An international team including scientists from our Department of Physics has studied social networks to understand how information might spread within and between groups of tool-using New Caledonian crows.

University of Bath sporting scholarships

World medallists and international athletes are among our sporting scholars for 2015-16

Lighting scheme in The Edge featured in Uni Business

John Struthers, Director of ICIA, commented: “Hoare Lea Lighting has created a flexible solution, essential to the multi-purpose nature of the building, which is also comfortable and sophisticated, allowing us to attract a wide range of visitors and events.”

Free lectures in November

Staff, students and members of the public are all welcome to our free public lectures. If you are arranging a lecture, please send details to for inclusion.

Boost to UK automotive industry as research at Bath propelled to ‘Spoke Status’

The University of Bath is today, Monday 2 November, formally recognised as one of the UK’s leading automotive propulsion groups, having been selected as a Spoke of the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC).

Small Molecule NMR – a SMASHing time

CSCT student Andrew Hall attended the Small Molecule NMR Conference within the beautiful setting of Lake Maggiore in Northern Italy recently.

Shock result forces Argentine election to second round

Dr Juan Pablo Ferrero (Politics, Languages & International Studies) has written an article for The Conversation entitled “Shock result forces Argentine election to second round – and threatens humiliation for Scioli”.

Listen: How to save household energy this winter

Energy PhD researcher from the Department of Psychology, Karlijn van den Broek, speaks to BBC Wiltshire on energy saving tips.

Six things you can do with waste coffee grounds

Rhodri Jenkins (Chemical Engineering) writes for The Conversation.

Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy conference

During September a trio of CSCT students (Joe Donnelly, Jonathan Wagner and David Miles) attended Challenges in Chemical Renewable Energy (ISACS17), in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Student Learning Associates

Please encourage your students to apply for the Student Learning Associates scheme

Rob Briner: Five things HR should start doing

Professor Rob Briner (School of Management) has written an article for HR Magazine on best practice for HR departments entitled “Five things HR should start doing”.

New book on Democratic Unionist Party

Dr Sophie Whiting recently won a prestigious prize for her co-authored book about Northern Irish politics

Paul Gregg on BBC Radio 4 - Cuts to tax credits [from 12:48]

Professor Paul Gregg (Social & Policy Sciences) has been interviewed by Eddie Mair on BBC Radio 4 (from 12:48) about the Government’s proposed cuts to Tax Credits.

Bath runs national programming contest

On Saturday 24 October the University of Bath ran the first autonomous UK/Ireland heat of the Intercollegiate Programming Contest (UKIEPC).